Monday, September 22, 2014

10k: Litte Red Wagon: 1965 Volvo 122S Amazon Wagon

The Volvo Amazon (badged the 121/122S/123GT outside of Sweden) was the more practical, more upright older sibling of the P1800/1800S/1800ES sports car, to which it donated its engine, transmission, and suspension optionsThe Amazon isn't traded by tweed jacket wearing collectors at pebble beach, instead it can be seen at your local car show or being used as a daily driver by cool kids around the country.  This is good news if you are a buyer, but don't wait too long because the combination of durability and cool is a recipe for future appreciation.  Find this 1965 Volvo 122 Amazon wagon offered for $8,500 in Santa Cruz, CA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.

The Volvo Amazon is cool in any configuration, but personally the wagon is my favorite.  The Amazon's designer Jan Wilsgaard admitted that the styling was inspired by an early 50's Kaiser, and the ponton fender styling really looks like something that would have been created in 50s Detroit. 

Under the hood is a B20 redblock inline-4 cylinder engine (it would have come with a B18 from the factory) that is carbureted and pushing an undisclosed amount of horsepower - probably 100-125 depending on tune.

See a cooler wagon for sale?


  1. Oh man, you guys are killing me. I need an Amazon longhood in my life!

  2. This is my car. Thanks guys

    My first Volvo. Have owned a number of vintage cars. Been surprised at how well built the Amazon is built.

    Highly recommend anyone interested in a vintage car that can be driven consider some version of a 122.

    1. Scot,
      Looks like a great car and it is on my bucket list to own one.
      -Vince DT E-i-C

  3. @Scot:

    Sorry you have to sell it. Do you know whether it was a Cali car to begin with?The plates are pretty recent . Love it...hmmmmm

    1. I got the car from NC. Wife wanted a red one with AC and this fit the bill.


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